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|A Nairalander's Interview With The Nation Newspaper On Aerial Photography by wildchild02: 8:52am On Mar 17, 2018|
The Nation Nigeria
‘Exploitation killing aerial photography’
3 days ago
Bayo Akanbi (Brimmie) is a visual artist redefining the digital switch of transactions at one of the booming online real estate companies, ToLet.com. In this interview, he tells TEMITAYO AYETOTO about his passion for street and aerial photography and the hurdles against his dreams.
WHAT is photography in real estate?
In real estate, a lot of people want to sell their properties faster and the best way to present the value of your property is to get a professional picture. The way we take real estate picture is different from the way people take landscape, portraits or street photography. The technique is very different. So, there are certain things you need to capture when shooting for real estate and there are things not needed. If I want to shoot a property, for instance, there are four things I need to shoot: the exterior, the interior, the living room, the master bedroom and the kitchen and maybe, the toilet. Those are the areas people want to see when they want to buy property. Unlike random photography, a novice could shoot different angles of the same object when all you need is a perfect shot. We edit and do finishing touches, but not extreme enough to make it unrealistic.
Would you say professional photography has given real estate a mileage?
Real estate in Nigeria is one of the fast-growing sectors as a lot of people are investing in it, especially in Lagos. Most of the people that are really interested in the industry are such that do not have the luxury to go around and check out properties. They usually rely on pictures and when the picture is very good, it helps the property sell faster than when such photography don’t exist.
How is the drone technology impacting the sector?
There is a law in Nigeria that before you can fly a drone, you have to have rights. You have to obtain a form before you can get the permission. And the fee is about N300,000 and a yearly renewal of N100,000. That fee alone is ridiculous. You can get a professional drone for about N200,000. So, why should I buy the permission for its use for about N400,000. This kind of law will prevent people from going into aerial photography.
So, how do you fly your drone?
I don’t have a right. The only thing I do is to ensure I don’t fly in certain areas where aircraft or helipads fly around.
Thus the law is effective?
It is not effective. I know a lot of people who are into aerial photography, but don’t have rights because they can’t afford it. The law appears to be killing the budding sector. It is still a new terrain, most times when I go out to fly some aerial shots, I see a lot of people come out looking amazed and they ask me questions on how I fly it. Someone even asked if it could take him out of Nigeria. So, I don’t know how they will fix a kind of law that will affect the industry.
The Federal Government has been in active support of the expansion of the creative industry due to the huge potential it has to contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), what input does photography offer?
It is still growing. To fly a drone in a day, averagely, you could be billed about N50,000 or N70,000. It’s a bit pricy. So, people are not really patronising it because it is expensive. For the exposure, we still need aerial photography. It might not be contributing much for now, but there are potential benefits in the long run. For instance, whenever there is traffic, GidiTraffick flies drone to see the situation of things and feed Lagosians back. The information helps people identify clear routes and, consequently, spend less productive hours on the road.
What challenges do you face taking aerial shots in Lagos?
I have shot a lot of aerial shots on the Mainland and Island and my take is that there are more challenges shooting on the mainland. I think most people there have not yet realised how this technology can help their area because when I go out, a lot of people show up to extort me. They usually insist I drop something. When I went to Surulere, to fly drone at Shitta round-about, I didn’t know that I was in Shitta. I just got there, prepared my device and started flying it. One after the other people started coming, asking where I’m from, who gave me permission and all that. Then one of them insisted that I paid N50,000. Then another woman intervened, saying even if it is just N20,000 you have, just give them. I was shocked by their demands. And to think that I’m not making money from it, but to basically make pictorial documentation of the area. I realised they don’t care about that except the money. In fact, an educated man among came to me, telling me to give them the money, whereas I expected him to understand.
But most times on the Island, people approach me for my contacts when they see me flying a drone. That’s the difference I experienced. It’s rare on the mainland. But, most importantly, it is about the people, not the area.
What do people stand to gain?
The aerial shot of an area will give you an idea of its layout. If they have beautiful infrastructure like a stadium, you will capture how wide it is and how it fits into other units. It gives a good overview of an area from afar.
If you try to check aerial shots of Lagos, they are very limited. Why?
I think it is because of the challenges people like me face taking aerial shots. If you need the aerial shot of Mushin, for instance, why would you need to go there when you can just download from the internet, but these pictures are not online because of people that are limiting the access of photographers?
Weeks back, I was shooting on the third mainland bridge and some policemen challenged me, asking why I was shooting. I told them I wanted to take a view of third mainland bridge with Lagos Island for personal documentation. They said okay, but I have to drop something for no reason.
How can this perception change towards photography in Nigeria?
I think it is all about mentality. Some Nigerians are insecure and feel they are not too good to be captured. Most times when I’m doing street photography and I take candid pictures of maybe people in the market, immediately they see that camera, they just become aggressive. At times even my attempt to be friendly or explanatory does not work because they just don’t want their face taken.
Maybe some feel like they aren’t supposed to be in the market or that they are too good to be selling stuff in the market. It just shows they are not really happy with the situation they find themselves. Unlike in advanced countries, people don’t bother. They just mind their businesses.
How should the government help?
The police should be more supportive. In most of the challenges If I face problems during shooting in unfamiliar terrains, the only person I can run to is the police. If they are aware that the effort is to digitalise the geographic documentation of the country, then they can back us rather than contribute to the exploitation. As a photographer, I prefer street photography but the situation of things in the country is discouraging. Because of that, I prefer real estate since I shoot buildings and buildings don’t complain.
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|Re: A Nairalander's Interview With The Nation Newspaper On Aerial Photography by NwaAmaikpe: 9:02am On Mar 17, 2018|
I'm proud of you.... Just get your camera ready to give the best aerial photography of Buhari as he goes back to Daura in 2019.
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|Re: A Nairalander's Interview With The Nation Newspaper On Aerial Photography by Vicvalentine: 12:57pm On Mar 17, 2018|
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|Re: A Nairalander's Interview With The Nation Newspaper On Aerial Photography by Leyemoshood: 2:11pm On Mar 17, 2018|
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|Re: A Nairalander's Interview With The Nation Newspaper On Aerial Photography by Brimmie(m): 12:37pm On Mar 20, 2018|
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